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Published on May 25, 2024
Garland Public Health Clinic Offers No-Cost Vaccinations for Kids Ahead of School SeasonSource: City of Garland, Texas

Garland Public Health Clinic is stepping up to the plate to ensure the community's smallest members are ready for school this fall. Starting immediately, the clinic will offer no-cost vaccinations for children and adolescents as part of the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) and Adult Safety Net (ASN) programs. The initiative aims to provide immunizations at no charge before the back-to-school season picks up pace in August, offering parents a chance to beat the deadline rush.

Located at 206 Carver St., the clinic has its doors open for immunizations from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding Wednesdays. Parents should bring their child’s vaccination records when they walk in for the service. For queries, the clinic can be reached at 972-205-3370, as reported by the City of Garland.

The TVFC program is a boon for families with financial challenges, giving access to vaccines fully funded by federal and state money. It serves children who are uninsured, underinsured, on Medicaid, or enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Meanwhile, most health insurance plans cover vaccines for children and adults with minimal to zero cost, an important reminder in these health-conscious times.

As the children of Garland look forward to returning to their classrooms, the clinic has outlined necessary vaccines for different age groups. Young children between 4 and 6 need booster shots for a variety of diseases including DTaP, chickenpox, MMR, and polio. Preteens and teens shouldn't miss important vaccinations like TDaP, HPV, and the meningococcal conjugate vaccines, which are due to keep them protected through their school years. Moreover, college students are encouraged to ensure their MCV and MEN B vaccinations are up to date before enrollment.